For anyone looking to add some color to their weekend plans, Saturday marks the third annual Color Outside the Lines 5k and Fun Run, hosted by Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together Inc., or SAFFT.
The 5k will begin at 8 a.m. and the fun run will begin at 9 a.m., allowing runners, walkers and joggers to end the event together and enjoy post-race activities before the heat rolls in.
SAFFT is a nonprofit aimed at protecting children, rebuilding families and empowering caregivers.
This year, SAFFT is expecting 500-plus participants, up about 100 from the last two years. As of Tuesday, the group already had about 400 runners signed up, beating previous numbers for the same time, Executive Assistant Emily Hulsey said.
“Every penny raised goes to support our programs so that we can give aid and empower families,” she said.
One of those programs is the Family Life Center, which helps facilitate family and sibling visitations for foster children. The Center also provides children with clothes, resources, scholarships, life skills and mentoring programs to “save broken children before they become broken adults.”
SAFFT launched its first program in Forsyth County in 2009 and opened its first visitation center in Cumming a year later. In 2012, SAFFT was awarded a grant from the Office for Violence Against Women to open the first visitation program in North Georgia to serve victims of domestic violence.
Since then, SAFFT has opened a second location in Dawson County to accommodate residents of Cherokee, Dawson, Hall, Gwinnett and Fulton counties.
For more information and to register for Saturday’s event, visit http://safft.org/color/.